Forbidden love may seem like a taboo subject to sing about, but for many artists, it’s something they too have experienced. The heart wants what the heart wants, as the saying goes, and sometimes it wants what it can’t have.
This list describes the inexplicable pain of loving someone you can never be with. Remember to take the tissues for this one because you’re going to need them!
So without further ado, here is my list of the top 10 forbidden love songs of all time!
1. Rewrite the Stars of Zendaya (Feat. Zac Efron)
Zendaya and Zac Efron sing about forbidden love in their song “Rewrite the Stars.” The song featured on the film’s soundtrack The greatest showman and is about an interracial couple who want nothing more than to be together.
Faced with criticism from her strict parents, the couple went through a lot of turbulence before finding themselves together. “Rewrite the Stars” was released in 2017 and ranks number one on my list of banned love songs.
2. Taylor Swift’s Love Story
The 2008 release of Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” had teenage girls everywhere wishing they too could experience the Romeo and Juliet-type love that Swift talks about. The song was featured on the album Fearless and is a sweet love song about a couple wanting to be together.
Add some romance to your life when you add “Love Story” to your playlist today, and don’t forget to turn up the volume as you sing this classic love song.
3. Discover by Zara Larsson
Having to hide your feelings for a girl or boy you’ll never be with is one of the most painful and scariest things you’ll ever have to do. Zara Larsson explores these feelings in her 2013 release of “Uncover”, a song featured on the album. Presentation.
Larsson impresses with an incredibly powerful vocal performance that will leave you in awe of her talent as she sings about forbidden love. Listen to him today and heed his warnings to never fall in love with someone you can’t have.
4. Confessions by Usher
Usher is a naughty boy because he confesses to imbuing a one-night stand in his song “Confessions.” What was supposed to be a date with a girl turned into a lifelong commitment that puts his relationship at risk because he has to be a father.
‘Confessions’ was released in 2004 on the album of the same name and is a heartbreaking look at the pain he inflicted on his lover.
5. Thinking of You by Katy Perry
Katy Perry talks about forbidden love in her song “Thinking of You”. Released in 2009 on the album One of the boysthe song sees Perry think back to someone she is still hopelessly in love with but will never be with.
Do you have someone like that in your life? If you do, you will understand the pain of knowing that life and the other person have moved on. “Thinking of You” ranks fifth on my list.
6. Lips of an Angel by Hinder
Nobody, and I mean nobody, can resist Hinder’s song “Lips of an Angel”. A song about being in love with more than one person, it was a huge hit with fans around the world when it was released in 2005. Featured on the album Extreme behaviorthe song centers on a heartbreaking phone call between a woman and a man.
Knowing they can never be together, you can hear the heartbreak in their voices. “Lips of an Angel” is one of Hinder’s biggest hits and deserves a spot on your forbidden love playlist.
7. Dirty Little Secret by The All-American Rejects
If you, like me, were a teenager in the 2000s, I’m pretty sure the song “Dirty Little Secrets” was on your playlist. Released by The All-American Rejects in 2005, the song is about keeping someone a secret from your girlfriend or boyfriend.
Young love can be tough to deal with, and so often the one you thought you were marrying and growing old with turns out to be another failed relationship. “Dirty Little Secret” is featured on the album To advance and is a great song about forbidden love.
8. Little Mix Secret Love Song (Feat. Jason Derulo)
Girl group Little Mix teamed up with Jason Derulo in this 2015 song about the pain of loving someone you can never have. “Secret Love Song” is featured on the band’s album Get the spillwayd and is a moving song that will make you cry while listening to the lyrics.
“Secret Love Song” will leave you wondering if you will ever experience the love the song describes. Add it to your playlist today and prepare for the emotions the song is sure to invoke.
9. I Truly Love You by Olivia Newton-John
“I Honestly Love You” is one of the oldest songs on my list and was released by Olivia Newton-John in 1974. Featured on the album If you love me let me knowthe song has the singer proclaiming her love for a man she will never be in a relationship with.
It seems that even the 70s were full of pain and heartbreak, as the couples who loved each other had to be separated due to circumstances. “I Honestly Love You” is a beautiful song that explores the heartbreak of young love.
10. Daddy Was a Rolling Stone by The Temptations
“Dad Was a Rolling Stone” brings me to the very end of my rather heartbreaking list of best forbidden love songs and is truly a love song with a difference. The song sees the singer describe his father’s running ways and takes a look at the consequences of cheating in a relationship.
The song was released in 1972 by The Temptations and is a classic song about what not to do when you are in a romantic relationship. Add it to your playlist today and enjoy 70s music.